Kayak & Hike Tour of Abel Tasman National Park
Kayak & Hike Tour of Abel Tasman National Park
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Activity Snapshot

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  • Duration
    full day
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Activity description

Get the best of both worlds on this kayak & hike combo tour in Abel Tasman National Park.

Explore the area’s famous coastal paths on foot and then discover Tonga Island Marine Reserve from the tide line – observing the area’s New Zealand fur seal colony and the lagoon-like waters that act as a nursery for their pups.

This activity is run & operated from Marahau and travels via water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park. Returning by sea kayak, points of interest include Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Onetahuti, Bark Bay and Awaroa.

Meet your guide at the activity base for this kayak and hike tour in Abel Tasman National Park. A celebration of the area’s natural legacy and Maori heritage, explore the realm of Tangaroa god of the sea, kayaking the length of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve.  Reaching the kayak base by water taxi, get up close to the island’s NZ seals and penguin population – frequently encountering pods of dolphins as you paddle. After a light lunch on the beach, wave goodbye to your guide and walk unguided from Onetahuti to Bark Bay- feeling the presence of Tane Mahuta, god of the forest as you follow your inner compass (and well-marked map!). Head back to Marahau via water taxi and the last chance to capture panoramic views of the coastline.

Suitable for adventurous beginners, this combo tour includes all soft & hard kayaking gear - Total kayak time approx 2hrs with breaks. Please note that wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

minimum 12 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made

8.30am Check in and meet your guide.
9.00am Water Taxi to Awaroa.
10.30am Arrive Awaroa.
10.30am Kayak briefing.
11.00am Kayak from Awaroa to Onetahuti.
1.00pm Enjoy lunch before setting off for your walk.
1.30pm Walk from Onetahuti to Bark Bay (6.4km)
3.45pm Water Taxi to Marahau.
4.30pm Arrive back in Marahau.

Activity requirements

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on a 1:1 basis

Special terms

Pick up available: $30 Nelson return, $15 Motueka return. Please note only one pick up in the morning and one return in the evening.

  • Kayak Guide & Rental
  • Lunch & Light Refreshments
  • Return Water Taxi
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Swimwear/Towel
  • Spare Change of Clothes
  • Hat/Sunscreen
  • GoPro/Camera
  • Walking Shoes
Meeting point
Abel Tasman Kayaks 273 Sandy Bay Marahau Rd Main Rd, Rd 2 Marahau Get directions
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